> Although Dick once told me that I showed no evidence of ever having taken
> a logic course, (and my professor quite agreed) :-) I did learn one thing
> in that class. From a logical contradiction anything can be proven. Your
> argument starts from a logical contradiction. Dick and I do not agree on
> very many of these issues. Thus our views are logically contradictory
> with each other.
A small (but important) correction. Your views are not, logically
speaking, contradictory, but merely contrary. Where contradictories are
concerned, one must be true and the other must be false. But wih
contraries, they cannot both be true but both may be false.
If your position were in fact the logical contradictory of Dick's, then
one of you would be guaranteed of being true. As it is, since your
positions are contraries, both cannot be ture (that much should be
obvious)but you *both could be wrong.*